Benny B

GENRE: Comedy/Sci-Fi
TYPE: Feature Screenplay
LOGLINE: A retired hall of fame baseball announcer in need of new purpose is abducted by aliens, throwing him back into the game to save a stadium full of fans from hungry extraterrestrials.
NO. PAGES: 112


A Hall of Fame baseball play-by-play announcer, BENNY BUCHENSTEIN (60’s) was pushed into early retirement by new team management looking to attract a younger demographic and pump up ratings by placing a ‘prettier’ face in the broadcast booth. Wanting to give him space to find himself—and lose his growing negativity—Benny’s wife, JULIA (60’s), leaves him to stay with her sister.

Alone and lost, Benny is abducted from his back yard one night by benevolent extraterrestrials. They believe Benny is uniquely qualified to save the earth from an impending invasion by Zeppendulars; an evil race of reptilian extraterrestrials who plan to harvest humans as a food source. Benny learns of his secret weapon…bubble gum…and the fact that he has only one week to prepare for the invasion.

Soon after, Benny becomes convinced that his abduction and the threat are real when he receives a nighttime visit from a Zepp. He also proves the power of bubble gum when he blows a giant bubble and melts the creature in his kitchen.

Lacking a plan and failing to convince any authorities that he’s not a raving lunatic, Benny finally secures an ally in MATIAS (12), the way smarter than his age 12-year-old social media savvy kid next door. With renewed hope, Benny is able to call in some favors from his old pal CLUTCH, the current manager of the ballclub who is also being forced out.

With the clock ticking and a tiny team in place, Benny finds a way back into the game to thwart the Zepps invasion. And in so doing, he restores purpose and meaning to his life.

WINNER - Lonely Wolf London International Film Festival - 2020
WINNER - Vegas Movie Awards - 2020 (1)
WINNER - Los Angeles Film Awards - 2020
WINNER - LA Sun Film Fest - 2020
WINNER - I See You Awards - 2020
FINALIST - FilmQuest - 2021-1
FINALIST - Creative World Awards - 2020
FINALIST - Pasadena International Film Festival - 2020
SEMI-FINALIST - Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards - 2020_White
FINALIST - LiveReadLA - 2019_Black
FINALIST - Page Turner Screenplays - 2019_Black
FINALIST - New York City International Screenplay Awards - 2019_Black
SEMI-FINALIST - Stage 32 Gidden Media Feature Screenwriting Contest - 2020
SEMI-FINALIST - Anaheim International Film Festival - 2019
SEMI-FINALIST - Hollywood International Golden Age Festival - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - kalakari film fest - 2021 (1)-1
OFFICIAL SELECTION - BEST POSTER - Action on Film MegaFest 16th17th Annual Film Festival and Writers Competition 20202021 - 2021
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Beverly Hills Film Festival - 2020
QUARTER-FINALIST - Screenwriting Master Contest - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Script Summit Screenplay Competition - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - LA Under the Stars Film Festival - 2020 - WHITE
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Sci-Fi Fantasy Genre Lab - Presented by Lift-Off Global Network - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - New Media Film Festival - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - It Came From the Sky Film Festival - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Action on Film MegaFest 16th Annual Film Festival and Writers Competition - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - StoryPros International Screenplay Contest - 2019
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Marina del Rey Film Festival - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - SoCal Film Awards - 2020
OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival - 2020